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York County slate mining 21st-century style: Linked in with neat history stuff, Feb. 6, 2012


Slate mining was a primary occupation among the Welsh in southeastern York County, Pa., from about 1850 to World War I. But here Joey L. Wildasin of Joey L. Wildasin Slate Roofing mines slates in a different way. He is removing York’s Trinity United Methodist Church’s slate roof in York. The removal of the slate is expected to ease structural issues of the historic church. Meanwhile, an unnamed buyer has the building under contract. For details, visit Trinity United Methodist Church.Also of interest: Saved church tops York County Top 10 religion story list.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Genealogist Peggy Brenton is working to find parents of family members in the Codorus Township-Jefferson area of southwestern York County.

“I have two couples and family that  I know that are from the area,” she wrote, “They are Solomon Emig born 1805 and his wife Mary Emig born 1804.  They had a son Ephraim that is my descendant born 1829.  Ephraim married a Harriet Neff born 1834 daughter to Samuel Neff born 1807 married to a Catherine born 1805.”

All are from the Codorus region. Specifically, she is looking for Solomon’s father and Samuel’s father and their wives’ descendants.

” It seems that they had been farmers I believe but have no documents to show it.  Maybe the library would have newspaper or Bible notice or a church in the area with records of some sort… ,” she wrote.

Many members of their family moved to Ohio and Indiana, and she believes the Codorus families were Pennsylvania Dutch.

Well, no doubt about their heritage.

If you can help Peggy work through this, contact her: pabrenton@hotmail.com.

Ken Ludwig in town: Check out the coverage of  York County’s own Ken Ludwig, noted writer of plays, to York Little Theatre on Sunday.

Need a speaker? York Daily Record/Sunday News staffers Cathy Hirko, Sean Adkins and Buffy Andrews were on stage at the York Builders Association’s 44th annual home show last week.
They presented about how you can share your home projects and other items of interest with the newspaper and our wide array of websites. In other words, how to get your stories and photographs published.
Our staff members regularly speak on that theme and other journalistic topics to area service, school and community groups.
The program chairs of many community groups often ask me when I’m on the speaking trail about other program ideas.
I point them to our journalists who present on various topics at no cost. If your group is looking for a presentation on the York Daily Record/Sunday News and related journalism topics, email news@ydr.com or call Donna Mandl, 771-2065.

Yorkblog post of the day: Yorkblogger June Lloyd explains how timothy grass came to York County. And further: Who was Timothy?

Forum of the day: Only in York County’s Joan Concilio tells about the A&P and other grocery store memories.